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Metal Sculptures by John Clark – KRV Art Association and Museum
February 28 - March 31
The Kern River Valley Art Association Proudly Presents “Metal Sculptures by John Clark”.
Feburary 28 – Marth 31, 2019
Kern Valley Museum – 49 Big Blue Road. Kernville, Calif.
Please join us for an artist reception on March 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Musuem is open Thursday – SunDay, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
John was born in a rural town in Ohio in 1946 and enjoyed the outdoors. He spent time in the forests near his home hunting and trapping from an early age.
He was always fascinated with welding and befriended and worked with a local ironworker and blacksmith and fell in love with the craft. When he was 14 years old he started welding in the basement of his family home.
In high school he won the Industrial Arts award as a senior.
John served in the Navy in Vietnam, improving his welding skills, and moving to California. After graduating from San Diego City College with an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and Metallurgy, he worked in various industries as a certified welder. He retired in 2009.
He made his first welded metal sculpture as an assignment in an anthropology class while attending San Diego Community College in 1969. His rendering of a bald eagle received a standing ovation by his class and professor inspiring him to pursue sculpting as an avocation. Over the years he has sculpted wildlife – especially birds, vases, and wallhangings; he has recently begun sculpting figures.
John was introduced to the Kern River Valley while doing a commissioned piece, a golden eagle, for Doug Schanzenbach. He has been exploring and falling in love with the area for the past 15 years. He always wanted to move back to a rural community and the Kern River Valley was the right place. After meeting a wonderful lady, he made the move in 2018.